The NFL season ended with a whimper.
The Super Bowl, one of the world’s most watched sporting events, did not do well in the ratings game.
But nobody is talking about the big reason why the NFL’s preeminent event underperformed.
The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams in a snooze-fest for all time.
The 13-3 affair was the lowest-scoring game in the 53-year history of the Super Bowl.
The New England Patriots—formerly the Boston Patriots—used to be a laughingstock of a franchise, but they’ve now appeared in the most Super Bowls (11) and are tied for the wins (6).
All of the victories came with the head coach/quarterback duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, both of whom added to their countless records.
And nobody watched it, relatively speaking.
Super Bowl LIII saw significantly worse ratings when compared to the last five games, and it was the lowest-rated Super bowl since 2009.
And the 2009 game featured Pittsburgh and Arizona, two small-market teams.
Last five super Bowl overnight ratings:
2019: 44.9 (Pats-Rams, CBS)
2018: 47.4 (Eagles-Pats, NBC)
2017: 48.8 (Pats-Falcons, Fox)
2016: 49.0 (Broncos-Panthers, CBS)
2015: 49.7 (Pats-Seahawks, 49.7) https://t.co/ZCRN73DSpm
— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) February 4, 2019
It should come as no surprise that the season ended with a ratings loss because it began the same way.
A big reason for the drop in ratings is the continued fallout from the anti-American anthem protests started by Colin Kaepernick.
The exasperating politicization of the sport is causing people on both sides of the issue to flee the sport.
Conservatives are turning away because they’re sick and tired of the blatant disrespect to the country.
And leftists are boycotting because Kaepernick still doesn’t have an NFL gig, which they misconstrue as a collusion.
While left-wing activists “stand” in solidarity with Kaepernick, he continues to line his pockets with Random House book deals and lucrative Nike sponsorships.
Because nothing says “power to the people” like billion-dollar corporations.
When people think revolutionary struggle, they think Random House and Nike.
Leftists did their best to sabotage the Super Bowl halftime show, imploring musical artists not to perform.
Ultimately, Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi performed, and much to the frustration of the activists didn’t make any political statements.
But that wasn’t all.
The festivities more resembled the first night of the Democratic National Convention than the Super Bowl.
Usually, pre-game shows break down the game in painstaking detail and highlight any public interest stories.
But this year the pre-game shows talked about income inequality and criminal justice reform, issues that the everyday fan doesn’t want intermingled with football.
It didn’t stop there.
Atlanta U.S. Representative John Lewis, who notably skipped the inaugurations of Donald Trump and George W. Bush, performed the coin toss before the game.
Fans were also inundated with commercials that were tantamount to propaganda.
Two of the most obnoxious were a commercial about a fictitious woman who dominates men in college football and a trailer for the upcoming season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The trailer used a Ronald Reagan speech amid the backdrop of the dystopian world where women are sex slaves and the Washington Monument has been redesigned into a giant crucifix.
The militant feminism and anti-religion were nauseating.
NFL fans were expecting a left-wing propaganda-fest, and that’s what they got.
And that’s why many people didn’t even bother to watch.